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Dr. Wayne P. & Donna J. Bailey
This scholarship was established in 2009 by Dr. Wayne P. Bailey ('75) and his wife, Donna J. (Tague) Bailey ('76, '84) and continues to be supported by family, friends and former students. After Dr. Bailey graduated from high school at La Plata, MO, and served in the United States Army, he earned a degree in mathematics at Truman and completed his PhD in computer science at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. At Truman, Dr. Bailey designed and implemented the first computer science degree program with the first CS major graduating in 1982. He served as a respected professor of computer science at Truman from 1980 until he retired in 2013. Dr. Bailey died of cancer in June of the same year. Mrs. Bailey grew up in Gorin, MO, and started her mathematics teaching career at Scotland County High School in Memphis, MO, after graduating valedictorian with her BSE degree from Truman in 1976. She received an MA in Mathematics Education from Truman in the summer of 1984. She joined the faculty in 1983 and served as instructor of mathematics at Truman until she retired in 2009. She has continued her service to Truman, supervising mathematics teaching interns in the Masters of Education Program and serving as the treasurer of the Northeast Missouri Alumni Chapter and chapter representative to the Truman Alumni Board of Directors. Recipients must be US citizens who are majoring in computer science or mathematics.

Lola Bell and Sharon Bell Smith Computer Science
The purpose of this endowed scholarship fund is to provide scholarships to students studying computer science at Truman State University. The fund was established with a gift of $50,000 from the Bell Family Foundation, founded by Kirksville native and computer industry executive C. Gordon Bell. The gift is made in honor of Gordon’s mother, Lola Bell, a 1923 Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman) graduate, who taught fourth grade at Kirksville Normal (Greenwood) School and later, until age 90, to home bound students and sister Sharon Bell Smith, a 1961 BSE in Education graduate and retired teacher. Gordon Bell was raised in Kirksville and became interested in electrical engineering by repairing appliances and wiring homes while in working with the family business, Bell Electric. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Bell was an early employee of the Digital Equipment Corporation, eventually serving as vice president of research and development. His career activities included the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University, the first NSF Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, entrepreneur and investor, public policy advisor and researcher at Microsoft Research. George H.W. Bush awarded him The National Medal of Technology in 1991.

The Boeing Company-Math, Computer Science and Statistics
This scholarship fund was established by The Boeing Company for talented students who are interested in the aerospace industry and who have demonstrated academic performance and leadership. Students must have a 3.2 GPA and must be US citizens.

Gramlich Family
The scholarship was established in 2017 by Bret and Lauren Gramlich to assist Truman business and computer science majors achieve their educational pursuit and help continue the tradition of producing high quality graduates. A preference will be given to participants on the Ultimate Frisbee or Golf Team. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the business or computer science program.

Don and Margaret Groff Mathematics
This scholarship was established in 1994 by former students, friends, and colleagues of Donald Groff. Don grew up in Oregon and served in the U.S. Army infantry during the Korean War from 1949-52. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in mathematics and earned a Master’s degree from Rutgers University. Don taught mathematics courses and counseled students at Truman for more than 25 years. He also served as the faculty sponsor for the Veterans Club and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He passed away in 2005. The scholarship is awarded in his honor and that of his wife, Margaret (Vanwey) Groff ('66). Margaret, a Kirksville native and Truman graduate, taught junior high math in Kirksville and Schuyler County and later taught Freshman math at Truman. Margaret passed away in 2018. Preferential treatment will be given to applicants from rural northern Missouri and southern Iowa.

G. H. Jamison Memorial
This scholarship was established by family and friends in 1979 in honor of G.H. Jamison (1908). Jamison taught from 1912-1956 and served as division head from 1941-1948.

Dean Earl and Edna Ludlow Math & Computer Science
Earl and Edna Ludlow established scholarships in the areas of business administration, education and math/computer science in 1982. Dr. Ludlow worked as a high school teacher, principal and superintendent covering the span of 20 years. He came to Truman in 1964 and served as Professor of Education and Dean of Instruction. He passed away on February 17, 1986. Mrs. Ludlow passed away on January 19, 1993. They left behind a bequest of $173,000 to Truman to support their three scholarship funds.

John and Merril Morley Computer Science
This scholarship fund was established in 2011 in honor of John and Merril Morley by their son, Dr. Lanny Morley (’62, ’64) and his wife, Beth (’63).

Dr. Lanny C. Morley
The Dr. Lanny C. Morley Scholarship was endowed in 1998 by a former student in honor of Dr. Morley. A 1962 graduate of Truman State University, Dr. Morley began teaching mathematics at Truman in 1970, became Head of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division in 1982, served as Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1994 through 1996, and returned to head the MT/CS Division until he retired as Dean of the Math and Computer Science Division in 2007.

Duane Norman and Donna Norman Hicks
This scholarship was established by former students and friends of Duane Norman ('56) and Donna Norman Hicks. Duane taught mathematics and computer science at Truman for more than 30 years, retiring in 1994. Donna was secretary for the Mathematics Department for 11 years.

Drs. Phil Novinger and Theresa Perenich
This scholarship fund was created in 2019 by Dr. William Phillip Novinger of Athens, Georgia, to provide opportunities for deserving students to receive a Truman State University education. Phil graduated from Novinger High School in 1953 and that fall enrolled at Truman (then Northeast Missouri State Teachers College). Phil graduated in 1959, his Truman education being interrupted by two years in the U.S, Army, earning a bachelor of science in education with an emphasis in mathematics. He then enrolled at UM-C and completed his Master’s degree in Mathematics in 1961. Phil returned to Truman to teach until 1964, when he left to continue graduate school at the University of Kentucky, receiving his PhD in Mathematics in 1968. He spent the remainder of his academic career as a Florida State University mathematics and computer science professor and retired in 2001 after 33 years of service. This scholarship is also named in memory of his life partner of 21 years, Theresa Perenich.

Henry and Harriett (Sensenich) Roberts
This scholarship was established anonymously in 1986 by Henry Roberts ('39) and Harriett (Sensenich) Roberts ('43), who met as students at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. The name of the scholarship was changed from Anonymously Endowed Scholarship when Henry Roberts passed away in 2009. Henry Roberts was one of three brothers. All three served in World War II. Willard Wayne was lost in a plane crash over the Pacific, Ray served as a Naval officer in the Pacific, and Henry served as a tank commander in Europe. Ray was the only brother left unscathed by the war. Henry, who was injured four times, was mistakenly pronounced dead the first time. Each of the three brothers attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College with the help of scholarships. Henry worked in a private residence for room, board and laundry and also tutored and did odd jobs to work his way through college. Henry's wife, Harriett, taught in elementary schools during the winter and attended school during the short term and summer term. She passed away in 1996. Before WWII, Henry taught high school science and mathematics, and following the war, he stayed in the Army until after the Korean War, then worked briefly for the railroad before teaching science and mathematics at Wentworth Military Academy for one year and then in 1952 returned to school to receive a masters degree in chemistry. He accepted a job as a chemist with Owens-Corning Fiberglass in Newark, OH, and in 1959, was promoted and transferred to their plant in Anderson, SC. He retired in 1978 and continued to live in South Carolina until his death in 2009.

Cody Sumter Computer Science
A 2010 computer science graduate of Truman State University, Cody Sumter earned a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he and two other classmates formed the company Behavio, a mobile sensing company that built a platform for technology to understand human context and behavior. The company was acquired by Google in 2013 and Sumter was hired by the firm as Product Manager. This scholarship was established in 2013 by Sumter to assist computer science students at Truman achieve their education pursuits and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit.

Harry W. Williams Memorial
This scholarship was established in 1960 by students and friends. Harry Williams was involved in education for more than 35 years, working as a superintendent, principal and instructor of mathematics. He served Truman as assistant professor of mathematics.

Dale Woods Mathematics
This scholarship was founded by friends to honor Dale Woods, head of the Mathematics and Computer Science division from 1965 until his retirement in 1982. He served Truman for 23 years, initially as a temporary instructor of math.

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